Musicians Together

FRESH: ‘Christmas Of Hope’ – Musicians Together

Musicians get Together for “Christmas Of Hope”

Twas’ on 16th September when music artist James Millier came up with this inspirational idea to create a Christmas charity single with a number of independent music artists. Straight away he approached his producer pal Olli Daffarn from Blue Dot Studios who he had worked with quite a few times on his music and thanks to Olli due to working with many people in the music industry he recommended to James that he should work with songwriter Jenny Deacon who is the musical director of the Sweet Charity Choir.

During this period, the Help Musicians charity accepted the offer to be the chosen charity for the Christmas single. Once that had happened it was onto writing the Christmas single where James sent over the lyrics to Jenny who was the key songwriter on the single and then afterward Olli brought his producing skills to the song. Once the single was written all the music artists who consists of Elyse Aeryn, Sam Jefferson, ELA, Michael Parma, Maddisun, Slick Division with Jenny Deacon and James Millier provided the main vocals for the single and formed the group Musicians Together along with all the members of Sweet Charity Choir recorded the vocals for the single as well.

Musicians Together are eight independent music artists from the UK and Canada who consists of Elyse Aeryn, Michael Parma, Maddisun, Slick Division, ELA, Sam Jefferson, Jenny Deacon and James Millier. The group have come together to support Help Musicians, the UK independent charity for professional musicians, many of whom find themselves in very difficult times and are the lifeblood of the music industry.

Sweet Charity Choir is an award-winning community choir, established in 2017 in the South of England and believes in singing together and supporting others! Pre-pandemic they raised money at performances and rehearsals through donations for tea and cake, and since lockdown forced choirs to close the choir have taken to virtual performances to raise money via the internet! Since opening in 2017 Sweet Charity Choir have raised over £54,000 for multiple charities!

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!